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The emergence and early history of Islam, Qur'an and Qur'anic exegesis, the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, Hadith, Islamic Law

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Andreas Görke is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Hamburg in 2001 and his Habilitation from the University of Basel in 2010. Before coming to Edinburgh in 2011, he has taught and lectured at the Universities of Hamburg, Basel, Berlin, and Kiel.

Research Interests

Dr Görke's research interests include early Islamic history and historiography, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, Koran and Koranic exegesis, Hadith, Islamic law, the transmission of Arabic manuscripts, Islam in its late antique environment and the impact of modernity on Muslim thought.


Postgraduate teaching

  • Problems, Methods, and Theories in the Study of Early Islam
  • Research Methods and Problems in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • The Qur'an - Islam's Holy Book (PG version)
  • Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate teaching

  • Where History meets Mystery: Approaches to the Study of Early Islam (Honours)
  • Elements of Islam (Honours)
  • The Qur'an - Islam's Holy Book (Honours)
  • Introduction to Islam A: The Foundational Sources (Subhonours)
  • Introduction to Islam B: Religious Thought and Culture (Subhonours)

Education/Academic qualification

Habilitation, University of Basel

Award Date: 26 May 2010

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Das Kitab al-Amwal des Abu 'Ubaid al-Qasim b. Sallam, Universität Hamburg

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Arts, Die frühislamische Geschichtsüberlieferung zu al-Hudaibiya, Universität Hamburg

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997


  • BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
  • Qur'an
  • Tafsir
  • Hadith
  • Early Islam
  • Muhammad
  • Islamic Law
  • PI Oriental languages and literatures
  • Arabic


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